"120 Americans were killed in Mexico in 2011 up from 35 in 2010....Tourism represents the third-largest source of income for Mexico, behind oil and remittances from Mexicans living out of the country."
3/8/12, "Embassy Row: Texas alert angers Mexican ambassador," Washington Times, James Morrison
Public Safety Director Steven C. McCraw noted that his department has a responsibility to alert Texas residents to the dangers of visiting Mexico, where drug wars and other crimes claimed more than 13,000 lives last year.
The number of Americans killed increased to 120 last year from 35 in 2010, he said.
Mexican criminals also are targeting tourists, even in resorts that were once considered safe. Last month, thieves robbed 22 passengers from a Carnival cruise ship who were on a bus returning from a nature hike outside the port city of Puerto Vallarta.
Rape and other sexual assault against women “continue to be serious problems” in resort areas, Mr. McCraw said. He noted that some nightclubs and bars in tourist cities such as Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun are now “havens for drug dealers and petty criminals.”
American tourists account for about 60 percent of the foreigners who visit Mexico each year. Tourism represents the third-largest source of income for Mexico, behind oil and remittances from Mexicans living out of the country.
"Many crimes against Americans in Mexico go unpunished,” Mr. McCraw said. “Based on the unpredictable nature of cartel violence and other criminal elements, we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.”"....via Michael Savage